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Molière probably did write his own plays

By 29 novembre 2019 juillet 6th, 2020 No Comments

Hello LABNAUT readers,

This week we learn that Molière probably did write his own plays, marvel at a 0.3 mm David Bowie and discover that neonicotinoids are still unfortunately posing a risk for bees.

Two researchers from the CNRS and the Ecole nationale des Chartes disprove the theory according to which Corneille was Molière’s ghostwriter – a popular and century-old theory, defended by some academics and writers. According to their study published in Science Advances, Molière would most likely be the only author of his numerous masterpieces.

Was Pierre Corneille Molière’s ghostwriter? The idea dates back to 1919, when French poet and writer Pierre Louÿs wrote a now famous article, attributing Amphitryon and a few other plays signed by Molière to Corneille. This suspicion grew further, to encompass all of Molière’s plays: how would it be possible that a poorly educated actor, managing his own theatre company, and valet of the king’s chamber, could have written so many masterpieces? Molière would only have been the main protagonist of the plays. Their actual author, Pierre Corneille, would have benefited from his fame and talent, without exposing himself to controversies nor tarnishing his reputation as a serious author.

Read the full press release from the CNRS.

« Stardust Odyssey » is a frame-by-frame animation video made at the FEMTO-ST Institute. The project breaks the record for the smallest 3D printed character ever filmed by a scanning electron microscope.

The film has been produced by Darrowan production, the University of Franche-Comté, via the Institut Femto-ST (CNRS/Université Franche-Comté/ENSMM/UTBM) and the Université libre de Bruxelles.

Since 2013, a European Union (EU) moratorium has restricted the application of three neonicotinoids to crops that attract bees because of the harmful effects they are deemed to have on these insects. Researchers from the CNRS, INRA, and the Institut de l’Abeille (ITSAP) have just demonstrated, however, that residues of these insecticides—and especially of imidacloprid—can still be detected in rape nectar from 48% of the plots of studied fields, their concentrations varying greatly over the years. An assessment of the risk posed to bees, based on health agency models and parameters, has revealed that for two out of five years, at least 12% of the fields were sufficiently contaminated to kill 50% of the bees and bumblebees foraging on them. The researchers’ findings are published in Science of the Total Environment.


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